#tbt but on a Friday. I have lost track of days of the week. I somehow missed that yesterday was Thursday. Someone referenced Disney Princess Theology the other day. I had forgotten that term and realized that I continue to have that sacred echo or in this case conviction… I highly recommend the read of the full article and others that have sprung up from it, http://feistythoughts.com/2017/08/23/why-i-stopped-talking-about-racial-reconciliation-and-started-talking-about-white-supremacy/?fbclid=IwAR3GijmWIN0-0JVrY5v2aLTetH2mTDArtQ7_CwHhvT_jtILAIPLGFMmQLiw but the quote that sums it up and causes me to take a second look at my Scripture reading and life is… “white Christianity suffers from a bad case of Disney Princess theology. As each individual reads Scripture, they see themselves as the princess in every story. They are Esther, never Xerxes or Haman. They are Peter, but never Judas. They are the woman anointing Jesus, never the Pharisees. They are the Jews escaping slavery, never Egypt. For the citizens of the most powerful country in the world, who enslaved both Native and Black people, to see itself as Israel and not Egypt when it is studying Scripture, is a perfect example of Disney princess theology. And it means that as people in power, they have no lens for locating themselves rightly in Scripture or society- and it has made them blind and utterly ill equipped to engage issues of power and injustice. It is some very weak Bible work.” I am realizing that I need to do more than have aha moments to rectify this in my own life. So here I am revisiting and hopefully taking steps toward undoing bad theology in my own life and those that are in my sphere.
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Twice in two weeks I heard the same challenge from two different pastors regarding two different sections of Scripture…sacred echo. The first time I heard it I thought, that’s interesting. The second time, I started to feel the conviction in my soul. Is this true of me?
Week one the preacher was teaching on the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector found in Luke 18. In this parable Jesus is teaching about prayer. He has finished the one image of the persistent widow asking for what she needs and getting it, but Jesus does not leave us there. He continues on, sharing about a Pharisee, the top religious leader in the day, being in the temple praying, while at the same time a tax collector, who isn’t even allowed into inner parts of the temple, and is contemptible for his cheating and…
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